Something that JANATHOME said in another thread yesterday got me thinking about this... Do you come to your lesson directly from work, or some other non-dance related activity? For a long time I was coming to lessons directly from work, and it always took me a few minutes to get into the groove at the start of a lesson. It was partly physical; although I try to get up and walk around some during the day, I'm still sitting at a desk for most of the day; my muscles are stiff, and my back and my legs are tight. And I've been staring at a computer screen, so my eyes have been in close-focus mode all day. But the other part is mental; I've been doing stuff that doesn't exercise those parts of my brain that have to do with rhythm or movement or anything kinesthetic other than using my hands. I used to always ask my instructor if we could start the lesson with a round or two of waltz, and I'd ask her not to judge my progress by that round -- I just needed to do it to re-tune my mental focus, plus getting physically loosened up. Right now, I kind of have the opposite problem. We have a later start time for our lessons now, and I usually have time to get to the studio, watch some video, and get warmed up and dialed in before lesson time. My partner, on the other hand, is in a stressful situation at work right now; oftentimes she is "coming in on horseback" right at lesson start time, where she barely has time to change shoes before we're on the floor. And now I know what my old instructor must have been experiencing with me, because I can see in her eyes and feel in her dancing the process that she's going through for the first few minutes to get re-centered. I feel bad for her, but there isn't much I can do, other than to be there and be ready to dance. So if you're in this situation, do you find it difficult to make the mental transition at the start of a lesson? What process do you have to go through, and how long does it take before you feel like you are "all there"?